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Obama Faithful in Michigan: 'Yes We Must'

Connie Cuellar | Posted 01.09.2012 | Politics
Connie Cuellar

As one Organizing for America volunteer said, "During the last campaign, our slogan was 'Yes We Can;' this time it should be 'Yes We Must.'" That's seems to be the attitude prevalent among Michigan Obama supporters.

Fatal Shooting Was Not the Responsibility of Occupy Oakland

Aimee Allison | Posted 01.11.2012 | San Francisco
Aimee Allison

The young man I watched die was someone's child. He was a child of Oakland.

Iowa College Republican Chair Picks Gingrich As ‘Most Likely to Succeed’

Michael J. Hunt | Posted 01.11.2012 | Politics
Michael J. Hunt

The Chairwoman of the Iowa Federation of College Republicans will caucus on January 3 in support of Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

'Jobs,' [Willie Brown] Said

Arthur Bruzzone | Posted 01.09.2012 | San Francisco
Arthur Bruzzone

The issues of the 2011 San Francisco mayor's race, the tax measures winning around the San Francisco Bay Area, even the protests in Oakland, will not create one single job.

Occupy Oakland Bank Choice Shocker!

Michael J. Hunt | Posted 01.08.2012 | San Francisco
Michael J. Hunt

Because of the urgency to get their fellow comrades out of jail as soon as possible, the banking institution many protesters consider the cause of the economic crisis and inequity will now occupy the movement's money.

In Detroit, Rampant Joblessness Spurs Reinvention of Work Itself

Olga Bonfiglio | Posted 01.07.2012 | Detroit
Olga Bonfiglio

Participants acknowledged that relying on political and economic leaders to lead was a fruitless endeavor because they have forgotten the people they are supposed to represent. A "we have to do it ourselves" attitude permeated the conference in a recognition that representative democracy is in serious decline. Besides, they said, societal change usually occurs at the grassroots level--and rigid social class distinctions and hierarchies have no place in the new economy we are envisioning.

An Existential Occupy Moment

Arthur Bruzzone | Posted 01.08.2012 | Politics
Arthur Bruzzone

The demonstrators outside got it right -- more than they could imagine. It wasn't just the foreclosures, bailouts and high executive salaries. It was my existential experience of the Occupy movement. They had reached me -- an independent conservative.

Thirteen Hours at the Oakland Strike

Craig Clevenger | Posted 01.04.2012 | San Francisco
Craig Clevenger

At about 9:15 p.m, one of the organizers announces that the Port of Oakland is officially closed. The cheers are deafening. Now all we have to do is walk back to the plaza to celebrate.

'We are the leaders we have been waiting for'

Olga Bonfiglio | Posted 01.04.2012 | Politics
Olga Bonfiglio

Van Jones called [reinventing the American Dream] a moral challenge akin to those posed by Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Nelson Mandela, whose messages conveyed that we need the wisdom of all people to solve our problems. That would include the wealthiest one percent along with the 99 percent.

No Money? No Problem!

Mira Luna | Posted 01.02.2012 | Politics
Mira Luna

Instead of placing faith in the "economic experts," these currency projects are built on faith in community and the creation of real wealth. When carefully designed, they can be a source of community empowerment, prioritizing caring relationships and community values ahead of profit as well as and generating meaningful employment at local businesses.

Hello, Oakland? This Is What Civic Cooperation Looks Like

Michael J. Hunt | Posted 01.02.2012 | Politics
Michael J. Hunt

There is no inherent contradiction between "Occupy" encampments and official health and safety codes. Not according to the fire marshall of Des Moines, Iowa, who looks forward to keeping the protestors safe and warm throughout the winter.

'Occupy Wall Street Is the Third Party'

Michael J. Hunt | Posted 01.02.2012 | Politics
Michael J. Hunt

"We no longer need a third party candidate," said Goodner. "Occupy Wall Street is the third party."

In Des Moines, A Few Occupiers Stand With The Many

Michael J. Hunt | Posted 12.31.2011 | Politics
Michael J. Hunt

Media attention and sheer numbers are not what will make this unique movement sustainable. The handful of individuals occupying Des Moines last week were comfortable being just a few more of the people who have stood up and asked to be counted.

Zombies Celebrate Death of Inequality

Wendy K. Leigh | Posted 12.31.2011 | Politics
Wendy K. Leigh

Skeletons and zombies joined mothers, babies, grannies and men in business suits to celebrate the death of unequal economic practices that have held the world in what protesters consider a death grip for way too long.

Guns, God and Gays Are Non Starters in 2012, says Iowa Republican Chairman.

Michael J. Hunt | Posted 12.21.2011 | Politics
Michael J. Hunt

"When you're on a plane and it's going down, the last thing you should be concerned with is your seat location or the food selection," [Polk County Republican Chairman] McLaughlin said ... discussing the importance of candidates keeping the national debate focused squarely on the economy, as opposed to social issues such as same-sex marriage or abortion.

Now, Newt Now!

Michael J. Hunt | Posted 12.19.2011 | Politics
Michael J. Hunt

If nothing else, this latest montage of debate footage displays the candidate's knack for melding specific domestic policy positions and ferocious partisan rhetoric.

The One Cent

Laura Paull | Posted 12.17.2011 | Politics
Laura Paull

There was no doubt in my mind that if I had been the party who owed the bank that penny, there would have been no talk of a write-off. And that had I refused to bear the costs of sending them a check in the amount of one cent, interest would have been charged. And that had I still refused to pay that one cent plus interest, it would have gone to a collection agency. And that over that small stakeout of principle -- not principal -- my credit would have been ruined. But not theirs.

Why Occupy Sweden?

Matthew Motta | Posted 12.16.2011 | Politics
Matthew Motta

Academics and politicians across the globe frequently cite the small country as the quintessential model of representative democratic standards, single-payer health care structure and social equality. Why should Swedes take to the streets in protest?

Seattle Mayor Welcomes Protestors

Wendy K. Leigh | Posted 12.13.2011 | Home
Wendy K. Leigh

Occupy Seattle protesters have voted to dig in their heels at Westlake Park "indefinitely" and to pitch tents for a large demonstration on Saturday, October 15.

'Mom, Dad: I'm Undecided'

Michael J. Hunt | Posted 12.11.2011 | College
Michael J. Hunt

The Chair of the Iowa Federation of College Republicans ... offers a tip to any Republican who is listening: a strong Republican candidate with a strategy to curb unemployment could sway many of the same people who voted for Barack Obama last time around.

This Revolution WILL Be Televised

Pamela Mays McDonald | Posted 10.13.2011 | San Francisco
Pamela Mays McDonald

"Yes, it is challenging, crafting a single message with so many voices. But it's like a choir with various harmonic tones. This movement is about creating a broad tent that everyone's issues can fit into."

Campaign 2012: From 2D, to 3D Fusion Politics

Arthur Bruzzone | Posted 12.11.2011 | Politics
Arthur Bruzzone

Independents are just plain disgruntled. They're looking for solutions to basic problems. Independents are also fickle, and vote irregularly, but they have decided most elections, even in San Francisco.

Gingrich Pitches His Presidency in Iowa's Field of Extremes

Michael J. Hunt | Posted 12.04.2011 | Politics
Michael J. Hunt

Without the sort of exaggerated rhetoric Iowans are accustomed to hearing this campaign season, Newt Gingrich said his campaign for president is about "solutions to the major issues facing America, as opposed to 30 second sound bites."

In The Beginning, There Were Citizen Journalists

Laura Paull | Posted 11.27.2011 | Media
Laura Paull

Even though Americans have centuries of experience with independent reporting and self expression, the term "citizen journalism" still raises eyebrows.

From Arab Spring to America Today, Social Media Enables Witness-Reporters

Laura Paull | Posted 11.14.2011 | Media
Laura Paull

As an editor for citizen journalism on The Huffington Post, I have the opportunity to invite people everywhere, of all ages and of every status, to tell the story of America as we attempt to carry on our electoral traditions in an atmosphere of social division and widespread despair.